Tuesday 13 January 2015
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, received today at the ministry a delegation from the National Defense College headed by Major General Rashad Mohamed Salem Al-Saadi, Commander of the College. During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah welcomed the visiting delegation, stressing the ministry's keenness to extend bridges of communication with all departments in the country. He also hailed the wise leadership's decision to establish the College, which adds to the academic and scientific institutions in the UAE. The institution is a way to translate on the ground the intention of the leadership to extend the frontiers of science and knowledge in the UAE. In an interaction with Sheikh Abdullah, the delegation members asked him a number of questions dealing with the latest developments in the region and across the globe, besides the UAE's ties with neighbouring countries and a number of issues in the international arena. He said, "We know that the college has a role in the field of achieving scientific and academic accomplishments, in accordance with the latest standards, as well as in supporting the march of development in all fields in the country." He also wished the college good luck to achieve its objectives and deliver its academic message. "What has been achieved in the UAE in the previous 43 years is a matter of pride for us and makes it a must for everyone to continue the march of development and serve the country to support the march of the founding fathers towards further achievements in the coming years," Sheikh Abdullah added. On their part, Al-Saadi and the delegation extended thanks and appreciation to Sheikh Abdullah. At the conclusion of the meeting, the delegation posed for photos with Sheikh Abdullah. Earlier, the delegation familiarised itself with the ministry's strategies and objectives in the presence of Mohammed Mir Al Raisi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Faris Mohammed Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs.